Ljubljana holds opening ceremony for new terminal

The infrastructure – which cost €21 million to construct – is a strategic investment crucial to the hub’s long-term development and future 

In a ceremony at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, the Slovenian Prime Minister opened a new modern passenger terminal - two years after construction started. It will offer greater capacity from 500 to 1,250 passengers per hour. 

The structure’s design was produced by local architectural company, Plan B, as a modern space with an abundance of glass surfaces to provide stunning views of the Alps from both sides. It was built by GIC GRADNJE, which won a public contract that included construction, finishing jobs and installations, preliminary and demolition work, and the implementation of a new road grid. 

Fraport AG
Photo Fraport AG

The modern building now towers over the airport’s apron and will soon provide a higher standard of service to passengers and other users. According to airport operator Fraport, the aim of renewing and developing Ljubljana is to create a modern and efficient regional entry point for Slovenia’s capital. 

“Built on time and within budget, the ultra-modern terminal is truly a major achievement all Slovenians can be proud of,” said Pierre Dominique Prümm, member of the Fraport AG Executive Board and executive director of aviation and infrastructure. “This customer-oriented terminal will significantly enhance the passenger experience at Ljubljana Airport. We are confident the new terminal will also strengthen the competitive position of the airport as well as Slovenia – in the region and internationally.” 

Zmago Skobir, managing director of Fraport Slovenija, welcomed this milestone in the airport’s development: “The vision of a new passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport goes back a long way. Unfortunately, circumstances prevented the start of construction many times. But today we can say that our vision was good enough and our desire was strong enough to create a modern and efficient regional entry point – a heart of possibilities for individuals, society, and a broader global community. We decided to continue with the construction because we believe in Slovenia, which needs air connectivity due to its tourist, economic and market value.”